SF State students dance budget pains away
February 11, 2010 2:45 PM
This afternoon, a group of around 30 students gathered, blasted music and danced near Malcolm X Plaza to protest budget cuts and bring amiable attention to the ongoing demonstrations against fee increases and cut classes.
The demonstration lasted about an hour and a half, and eventually made its away all around campus. Those who took part in the protest followed the lead of a two speaker sound system which gradually made its way all around campus and constantly played an upbeat playlist of music including Animal Collective, Run DMC, and Girl Talk.
"This is about the budget cuts," said freshman protester Jack Wranovics, 18. "This is to call attention to ourselves by dancing."
This demonstration comes in the wake of several statewide protests and sit-ins on California State University and University of California campuses in protest of furlough days, class availability and pay cuts. And on Jan. 28, 2010, SF State President Corrigan announced another 10 percent fee increase for the fall '10 semester.
"Can you guys afford a 10 percent increase?" Kendall Nevarez shouted as the sound system blared music and people danced. "This is our way of saying 'funk the cuts,'" she said.
As the protest made its way around different locations on campus, a banner and signs were used to declare their message: "SFSU UNITED: Shut It Down Like '68."
Chants of, "They say cut backs, we say f**k that!" and "Whose university? Our university!" led by protest organizer Carolina Hicks soon followed.
Hicks, 18, made it known that this demonstration is for more than cut classes.
"This is a group of people who organized to protest against the newly proposed recreation center, the 10 percent free increase and it's proving we can party whenever, wherever."
Once the dancing protest made its way through the freshman dorms, signs were then pulled out and handed out amongst the protesters.
Environmental studies major Adam Aloni, 25, held one that read, "Education Is A Right."
"This is one step closer to a successful protest on March 4th," Aloni said. "This is one of many things people do to build a stronger protest to get our education back."
Many onlookers gazed at the unique protest with amusement including 29-year-old Bert Hebbert, an economics major.
"I think it's a great kind of protest," Hebbert said. "It shows you don't have to sit and yell at a rally and that you can have fun."
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